PO­LICE SMASH 'BRIT-ZONE' DRUG RING

Of­fi­cers ar­rest 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing sev­eral club bounc­ers, in Benidorm

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Irena Bodnarec

NA­TIONAL Po­lice have ar­rested 14 mem­bers of a net­work known to be in­volved with drug traf­fick­ing around Calle Mal­lorca in the Rincón de Loix, Benidorm.

The area is of­ten re­ferred to as ' The Square' is pop­u­lar with pre­dom­i­nantly Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Those ar­rested were all of Span­ish and Romanian na­tion­al­ity and they con­trolled the sup­ply and sale of co­caine, hashish, mar­i­juana, MMA and ec­stasy, as well as other il­le­gal drugs.

The joint op­er­a­tion in­volved more than 60 of­fi­cers from the Na­tional Po­lice, immigration and se­cu­rity forces, and arose af­ter a num­ber of of­fi­cial com- plaints.

Vic­tims had sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries, which in­cluded frac­tured fe­murs, bro­ken noses and head in­juries, af­ter be­ing warned off from the area.

A num­ber of door­men (bounc­ers) were iden­ti­fied as ring lead­ers, con­trol­ling the sale and sup­ply of il­le­gal sub­stances. They used base­ball bats and knuckle-dusters to in­tim­i­date peo­ple and warn them to stay away from what they con­sid­ered their ter­ri­tory.

The first po­lice raid took place on Septem­ber 13 and in­cluded sup­port from the Po­lice In­ter­ven­tion Unit due to the high risk and un­pre­dictabil­ity of the sus­pects and their po­ten­tially vi­o­lent back­lash on ar­rest.

Calle Mal­lorca

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